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Several CEDEV students participate in international program focused on rural policy studies

Posted: August 31, 2012

Graduate students from the Community and Economic Development (CEDEV) Master’s program embarked upon an opportunity this summer to study in Montreal and Quebec, Canada at the International Comparative Rural Policies Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute.
Members of the Regional Development team participate in an excursion during the Summer Institute, including CEDEV graduate student Jonathan Pinkerton (far left).

Members of the Regional Development team participate in an excursion during the Summer Institute, including CEDEV graduate student Jonathan Pinkerton (far left).

Graduate students from the Community and Economic Development (CEDEV) Master’s program embarked upon an opportunity this summer to study in Montreal and Quebec, Canada at the International Comparative Rural Policies Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute. The topic of the 2012 Summer Institute was “Governing for Sustainable Rural Futures”. According to the ICRPS, institute participants “traveled almost 1500 km; took 14 excursions; met 23 policy analysts, practitioners, and rural leaders; heard from 10 international scholars; and produced six reports on topics such as food, energy, inequality, natural resources, and regional development.”  

Student participants from the CEDEV Graduate Program enjoyed the experience to engage with graduate students from various countries and each other while studying in Canada for two weeks. “The divergent points of view and approaches to problem solving helped me immensely in my own understanding of community development”, commented institute participant and CEDEV graduate student, Shelby Clark. Other participants from the CEDEV MPS program included Jonathan Pinkerton, Faith Ryan, and Rebecca Thacker. The students received funding to support their participation in the Summer Institute through a grant program from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, the academic home of the CEDEV Graduate Program.

The International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) program brings together an international, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, students, and professionals to study the many facets of rural policy: from policy formulation to policy impacts. The program is designed for graduate students and early-career professionals. It introduces the skills to analyze and compare policies at the international, national, state, regional, and local levels, and provides the opportunity to study the nature and implications of new forms of governance in rural contexts. For more information about the International Comparative Rural Policies Studies, please visit the program website at http://icrps.org/index.php.